Harriet Fildes

Dr Harriet Fildes is the Development Office for Beyond Borders Scotland, having recently joined after completing her PhD in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Edinburgh. She assists in coordinating the Beyond Borders International Festival, as well as working on the Women in Conflict Fellowship. Her research specialism is cultural diplomacy and soft power, and prior to joining Beyond Borders, she worked as a Visiting Researcher at Bilkent University, as well as a consultant on various Middle East desks in Turkey and Germany. She holds an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and has published works on civil society impact on conflict mediation and humanitarian diplomacy in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Israel, social movements and art as violence, as well as freedom of the press and human rights.